Fiji Rugby Union
European and Fijian soldiers reportedly first played rugby in Viti Levu Island, Fiji in 1884. However, it was only during the 1900s when reports of games began to appear in the local papers. Club competitions began in 1904, with two of the earliest clubs, the Civil Service and the Constabulary, participating in.
As early as 1907, rugby experts predicted that Fiji would soon be a force to reckon with in the international sporting scene. In 1924, the Fiji team played its first overseas game against Samoa, winning 6-0. The year 1939 was a historic year for the Fijian team when they became the first team to go trough a full tour of New Zealand unbeaten. They drew a record of seven wins and one draw – a record that still stands to this day.
True to experts’ forecasts, Fiji is known today as one of the best rugby playing nations, as identified by the International Rugby Board.